The West Ham board is getting restless with Hammers boss David Moyes over January transfer targets claims a well connected insider.
Claret and Hugh have direct links to the West Ham boardroom.
And they claim the likes of David Sullivan, David Gold and new co-owner Daniel Kretinsky are getting restless over Moyes’s lack of preparedness ahead of the window opening in two days time.
West Ham fans are expectant ahead of the window. And it is easy to understand why. With Kretinsky on board, all eyes are on whether the Hammers will be better armed financially to back the manager when it comes to signing players.
And West Ham need to do that next month if they want to sustain a challenge for the top four as well as seriously compete when the Europa League knockouts resume in March.
Defenders and a forward are top of the agenda.
West Ham board getting restless with David Moyes over transfer targets claims insider
But Claret and Hugh claim Sullivan, Kretinsky, Gold and co have still not had a list of targets from Moyes or head of recruitment Rob Newman.
And the site claims the club’s hierarchy is getting restless as they wait to try and get deals done early for the manager.
“West Ham are highly unlikely to have new players into the club once the transfer window opens!” Claret and Hugh state.
“Despite the back line being stripped of key players David Moyes has still not supplied a list of targets to the board at this stage.
“Many are hoping that players are lined up and ready to ease our injury problems in defence from the start of next month but with the opening of the window just two days away the list of targets remains unknown.
“The board is ready to spend money in this window and defence will be the key area but as yet there is no certainty as to whether one or two players arrive at the back. There are also obvious hopes that we will pick up a striker but also fears that unless the manager quickly makes up his mind who he wants the club could be left behind on targets.”
It is good to hear the board are ready, willing and able to spend in January.
But Moyes did not earn the nickname ‘dithering Dave’ at Everton and Manchester United for nothing.
The Scot likes to do thorough due diligence on every player he considers bringing to West Ham both in terms of ability and the type of character he is bringing into the group.
In an open letter to fans after arriving at West Ham, Kretinsky publicly backed Moyes’s recruitment philosophy saying spending big and fast in no way guarantees success.
Moyes has proved taking the time to get signings right – while running the risk of occasionally missing out on players – is a far better than the scattergun approach adopted by West Ham over the years.
But there will need to be a balance between Moyes’s due diligence and a degree of urgency given how fiercely competitive the transfer market is likely to be and what is at stake for West Ham this season.